By Otis Kirk
The 2018 high school football season in Arkansas was a good one, but it’s finished now.
It’s never too early to look ahead to college football prospects in the upcoming recruiting classes. Though this list will change in the coming months and years leading up to when these prospects are seniors, but here’s a look at the Top 15 college football prospects in Arkansas for the Class of 2021.
As noted, this group will change in upcoming months, but these are who are considered the Top 15 college football prospects in 2021 at this time.
The Top 15 listed in alphabetical order.
Mason Brotherton, TE, 6-4, 235, Mena — Brotherton played in eight games this season missing the remaining ones with an injury in preseason. He was very productive catching 27 passes for 476 yards and two touchdowns. He holds an offer from Memphis, but more will certainly come his way.
Daedrick Cail, QB, 6-0, 195, Marion — Had a very good sophomore season. In 11 games, Cail completed 163 of 262 passes for 2,336 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He rushed 22 times for 37 yards and two touchdowns. Was named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Sophomore of the Year in the state.
Jamarien Frye, RB, 6-2, 205, Rison — This talented running back helped Rison to a great season. He rushed for 1,336 yards and 26 touchdowns. Played on same team as Arkansas signee Malik Chavis. Reached semifinals of state playoffs.
Buddy Gaston, QB, 6-4, 201, Joe T. Robinson — Only played in 10 games due to the Senators having a talented senior quarterback in Greyson Tackett. But it will be Gaston’s show the next two years. He completed 33 of 54 passes for 496 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed 19 times with one touchdown on the ground.
Alex George, RB, 6-0, 225, Prescott — This talented running back is big and fast for his size. This season, in 14 games, he rushed 128 times for 1,103 yards and 23 touchdowns. In limited duty on defense, George had 14 tackles with six unassisted. He even had one punt that traveled 51 yards.
Chris Haywood, DE-OLB, 6-3, 240, Foreman — An elite prospect. In 12 games this season, Haywood finished with 78 tackles, including 39 unassisted, 38 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three forced fumbles. He is almost impossible to block at times.
Kylin James, RB, 6-0, 200, Dumas — This kid is outstanding. In 14 games, James rushed 196 times for 1,076 yards and 13 touchdowns. He caught 26 passes for 406 yards and two more touchdowns. He returned five kickoffs for 86 yards. On defense, James had eight tackles, all unassisted, one interception, seven pass breakups and one fumble recovery.
Cross Jumper, QB, 6-2, 190, Jonesboro — In 13 games, Jumper completed 160 of 307 passes for 2,662 yards, 32 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He rushed 136 times for 802 yards and eight touchdowns.
Tyas Martin, DT-OL, 6-5, 308, Jacksonville — Has the size to play on either side of the ball at the next level. Depending on how he develops will determine the position he plays in college, but he has a chance to play defensive tackle. Reminds one of a younger Marcus Miller from Warren.
Errington McRae, TE, 6-3, 230, Springdale Har-Ber — Moved to Springdale for his sophomore season. In six games, caught 12 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Good basketball player as well.
Torey Phillips, DT, 6-6, 265, Hope — Came to the Bobcats from Joe T. Robinson prior to the season. In eight games, finished with 40 tackles, including 21 unassisted, three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Has the size one loves for defensive line.
Erin Outley, TE, 6-5, 240, Little Rock Parkview — A stud tight end who caught six touchdown passes this season. Can also play defense, but I see him as a tight end at next level. One of many good ones at that position in the state next two years.
Landon Rogers, QB, 6-5, 215, Little Rock Parkview — A tall quarterback who has good potential. The 2018 season didn’t go as planned for Patriots, but this kid has potential.
Jared Summons, DL, 6-5, 330, Little Rock Parkview — The younger brother of Bobby Portis. Came to Parkview from Little Rock Hall prior to the season. As with many others on this list, how he develops the next two years will determine level he plays in college.
Jacolby Williams, CB-WR, 6-0, 175, Ashdown — The latest in a long line of talented Panthers who are good athletes. Same high school that produced Montaric Brown and LaDarrius Bishop who both play for Arkansas now.